Today’s Gallery Poem

Ok so we went back to the impressionists and the paintings of ladies with mirrors. However would add the real woman in this painting was a dancer and is not really the poem’s subject. The idea is an old idea of feminity not how women really lived. From the greeks wanting their women to weave and sing and never be seen to today’s effortless no visible make up but perfected face version we have ideas of how women should look and act that is where this went. We took our extra words from the happy prince by Oscar Wilde which is time appropriate.


She is caught in an outside hat. A woman’s hair not often washed then traps pheromones will scent deeply of her womaness and must be covered so as not to attract men, a swarm, crawling like bumblebees on a primrose. She is leaning limpwristed an affectation of sickliness desired to appear pale and wan as if you had lived protected in an airing cupboard folded with your virtue warm and crisp. A fantasy of women whose hands do nothing there are maids with hooks who do up the rows and rows of buttons bone and pearl and shell to arrange that protected hair pile it up nest like over a coddled mind resting in the centre.

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This blog is for the trio of people behind Stirred to express the directions their work is taking. Stirred is a women's poetry night where women and men are encouraged to read pro-women poetry. The thinking behind this night originated with Anna Percy, who hosts the night. Her co-host Rebecca Audra Smith and the designer of posters and general photographer Sara Ellis complete the trio. Anna Percy's poetry is usually concerned with love, loss, losing your mind, the natural world and the surreal. She performs regularly in both Manchester and Norwich. She voluntarily runs workshops and has been a performer of racy feminist poetry for some years. Rebecca Audra Smith is also a regular performer on Manchester's poetry scene. Her poetry is often described as sensual, it's subjects are the depths of our relationship to ourselves and other people. Her work is an introspective look at how people interact with the world. Sara Ellis studies a photography BA and is the designer of Stirred's image and official photographer. Her work utilises elements of street photography while demonstrating a humour and curiosity about our surroundings, both rural and urban, that brings many layers to her images.
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